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Amanda Abbington
British actress

Amanda Abbington

Amanda Abbington
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Intro British actress
Is Actor Comedian
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor
Gender female
Birth 28 February 1974, London, England, UK
Age 49 years
Star sign Pisces
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Amanda Abbington (born February 28, 1974) is an English actress. She is best known for playing Miss Mardle in Mr. Selfridge and Mary Morstan in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock.

Early life

Abbington was born as Amanda Jane Smith on February 28, 1974, in London, UK. An only child, she was brought up in Hertfordshire.


Abbington appeared in the TV series The Bill until 2007 as various characters. During that time she also appeared in the TV series Wycliffe, Casualty, Dream Team, The Sins, Shades, Doc Martin, Coupling, and Teachers.

She appeared in the 2005 comedy sketch show Man Stroke Woman and the 2007–2008 comedy After You've Gone with Nicholas Lyndhurst. She has also appeared in recurring series such as Bernard's Watch and Case Histories.

In 2013, she began appearing in the television series Mr. Selfridge as Miss Mardle alongside Jeremy Piven and Frances O'Connor. In 2014, Abbington appeared in the third series of Sherlock as Mary Morstan, the wife of John Watson, played by her then real-life partner Martin Freeman. In 2015 she appeared in the BBC drama Cuffs.

Most recently, she was seen as Charon Bander in "Anger" episode of the TV series I Hate Suzie. She has also finished filming for Richard J. Perry's Three Pints and a Rabbi, in which she will be seen alongside Michael Maloney and Jordan Stephens. The film is in post-production, with the release date yet to be announced. 

On stage, Abbington appeared in August 2018 in the role of Annette in God of Carnage at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and in 2019 as the character Anne in Florian Zeller's play The Son at the Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, London which later that year transferred to The Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End.

Personal life

Abbington was the longtime partner of British actor Martin Freeman, whom she met on the set of the film Men Only in 2000. The couple appeared together on screen in productions such as The Debt, The Robinsons, The Good Night, and Sherlock. They lived in Hertfordshire and have two children together. The couple split in 2016.

Abbington was declared bankrupt by the High Court in March 2013 as a result of a £120,000 tax bill but declared in March 2014 that she had already resolved the issue.


Year Title Role Notes 
1993–2007 The Bill Various TV series (7 episodes) 
1997 Plotlands Maude TV series (6 episodes) 
1997 Wycliffe Local W.P.C. TV series (Episode: "Strangers") 
1998 No Sweat Chantelle TV series (Episode: "Moon Boy") 
1998 Magic with Everything Cat TV series (6 episodes) 
1998 Picking up the Pieces Staff Nurse Hunter TV series (8 episodes) 
1999 Casualty Jen Reynolds TV series (Episode: "Human Traffic") 
1999 Dream Team Marilyn Harwood TV series 
1999 Snap Zoe TV series (Episode: "Missed Her Sister") 
2000 The Thing About Vince Lisa TV series (2 episodes) 
2000 The Sins Belinda Edgeley TV mini-series (2 episodes) 
2001 Men Only Trina TV film 
2001 Hearts and Bones Mia TV series (1 episode) 
2001 Shades Rebecca Jacobs TV mini-series (1 episode) 
2002 Always and Everyone Tessa TV series (3 episodes) 
2002 20 Things to Do Before You're 30 Shona TV series (8 episodes) 
2003 The Debt Stacey Ross TV film 
2004 Coupling Nicola TV series (2 episodes) 
2004 Bernard's Watch Sonia TV series (9 episodes) 
2004 Teachers Sarah TV series (1 episode) 
2005 The Robinsons Polly TV series (4 episodes) 
2005 Derailed Kerry Hodder TV film 
2005–2007 Man Stroke Woman Various TV series (12 episodes) 
2005 The Booze Cruise II Leonie TV film 
2006 The Booze Cruise III Leonie TV film 
2007–2008 After You've Gone Siobhan Casey TV series (21 episodes) 
2007 The Good Night Vivian Jesson Uncredited 
2007 The All Together Sarah  
2007 The Bill Rachel Inns TV series (7 episodes) 
2007 Doc Martin Isobel TV series (Episode: "Happily Ever After") 
2007 Sold Zoe TV series (1 episode) 
2008 Coming Up Daughter TV series (Episode: "Lickle Bill Um") 
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Miss Blake TV series (Episode: "Cat Among The Pigeons") 
2008 Harley Street Susie Linn TV series (1 episode) 
2009 Psychoville Caroline TV series (Episode: "Blackmail") 
2010 Married Single Other Babs TV series (6 episodes) 
2011–2013 Case Histories DC Louise Munroe TV series (9 episodes) 
2012 Being Human Golda TV series (Episode: "Puppy Love") 
2013–2016 Mr Selfridge Miss Mardle TV series (29 episodes) 
2014–2017 Sherlock Mary Morstan TV series (7 episodes)
Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Nominated – Poppy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries 
2014 Dinopaws Gwen (voice) TV series (10 episodes) 
2014 Would I Lie to You? A panelist Series 8 Episode 6 
2014 Kaiser Chiefs' 'Meanwhile, Up In Heaven' Dancing Bride Music Video (See Kaiser Chiefs' YouTube) 
2015 Cuffs DS Jo Moffat TV series 
2016 Another Mother's Son Ivy Forster  
2016 Stag Fran TV series 
2017 Uncle Siobhan TV series (Guest role) 
2017 Crooked House Clemency Leonides TV film 
2018 Richard Osman's House of Games Herself Series 2: Week 3, Episodes 11–15 
2018 Safe Detective Sergeant Sophie Mason TV series 
2020 Make Me Famous Amanda TV film 
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